The Salsa Club is a private dance studio in Windhoek, Namibia, founded and owned by Rémy Ngamije, a Rwandan-born Namibian writer, photographer, and salsa enthusiast. With Samantha Muller as its lead instructor, it offers salsa, bachata, cha-cha, and merengue classes to new and experienced dance lovers. As the country’s only full-time social dancing collective, it draws a diverse and passionate membership to its dance floor in the heart of Namibia’s capital city.
The Salsa Club is tastefully appointed and spacious. Well-ventilated in summer, warm in winter, and pulsing with an artistic and vivacious energy, the studio is equipped with comfortable seating, wide mirrors, a crisp audio system, a kitchenette, ablution facilities, and on-street parking for its members.
With the coronavirus pandemic having harsh effects on dancing communities around the world, The Salsa Club is a space in which dancing, an essential feature of human life, remains possible. In accordance with local, national, and international COVID-19 prevention measures, hand sanitising and temperature-recording are mandatory upon entry.
The home of social salsa dancing in Namibia
Since 2015, The Salsa Club has brought the joy of social dancing to Windhoek. Social dancing differs from professional or exhibition dancing in one important respect: everyone can join in the fun. Young, old, amateur, intermediate, or advanced—social dancing is an inclusive activity that creates opportunities for encounter and gives birth to communities wherever dancers are found.
The Salsa Club offers its members a unique dancing experience that connects the body to the rhythm, the soul to the melody, and dancers to each other in a magic and memorable way. Its classes and socials infuse Afro-Latino dancing roots, cultures, and histories with fresh, local, and Namibian elements to create a rare ambience.
The Salsa Club is a recherché detachment from work-related stress, daily routines, and boredom. It is “another life”—a fearless, curious, and creative way of being which guarantees self-discovery, connection, and joy.
Stimulating classes and vibrant socials
A limited number of committed members are offered the opportunity to embark on a unique dancing journey: by carefully curating a stimulating dancing curriculum, The Salsa Club provides each dancer with a clear, enjoyable, and milestone-filled trip through the infinitely expanding salsa, bachata, cha-cha, and merengue universes. Continuous upward learning curves allow students of all levels to find new ways to challenge and express themselves on any dance floor whether it is in Windhoek, Cape Town, Havana, Hong Kong, Bogota, Los Angeles, or Amsterdam.
All classes are offered in a relaxed, supportive, and noncompetitive atmosphere.
Learning from conventional wisdom, The Salsa Club knows the best way to get anywhere is to go together; accordingly, its group classes are fun, well-paced, and designed to ensure every member arrives at their desired dancing destination.
Exclusive socials—“mini parties—allow members to hone their steps and patterns with each other and discover novel ways of reinterpreting and expressing fundamental and advanced aspects of dancing. The Salsa Club’s socials are also an aural delight: salsa, bachata, cha-cha, and merengue rhythms are carefully curated alongside select Afrobeat, dance hall, pop, funk, R&B, and hip hop tunes which provide a dancing experience unlike any other.
History is in the future
The Salsa Club’s past was defined by its nomadic and part-time nature as it looked for a long-term residence. As Salsa Windhoek (February, 2015 – December, 2016) it migrated across Windhoek’s cafés and restaurants. Then, as The Salsa Windhoek Social Club (January, 2017 – February, 2020), it enjoyed a long tenure at a generous Pilates studio.
Now, after five years in dance diaspora, The Salsa Club has grown into its new name and is proud to call the Doek Studio its permanent home.
Located at 132 Werner List Street, the Doek Studio is a freshly renovated space reclaimed from a historic building that was a ballroom in the 1960s, a furniture store’s inaccessible storage space throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and an almost-lounge in the latter 2010s.
After years of vacancy, the abandoned first floor was renovated to fulfill a seemingly impossible dream: “to be a place in which to read and write all day and dance all night.” The Doek Studio’s history is in its future: it is a multi-purpose space that houses a creative writing and teaching workshop, a private gallery, and The Salsa Club: a haven for music and dance.